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2010-06-24 15:56:24

Research conducted in Cyprus focuses on attitudes to animals A new study at the University of Leicester aims to promote animal welfare in Cyprus and the UK. The postgraduate research study is being conducted by Alexia Zalaf in the School of Psychology. Preliminary results from the study will be showcased at the University of Leicester's Festival of Postgraduate Research on 24 June. She has developed a new questionnaire to measure people's attitudes to animals as well as animal abuse "“...

2010-06-21 20:48:38

New research examines benefits of importing and exporting electricity A new research project at the University of Leicester is examining the problem of high electricity prices around the world. Kwanruetai Boonyasana, a PhD student in the Department of Economics, University of Leicester, is currently writing a thesis on "World Electricity Co-operation". She is examining how such co-operation may play a major role in redressing the problem of high electricity prices around the world. Her study...

2010-06-21 20:42:01

Pioneering research at the Universities of Leicester and Ferrara tests new drugs that could relieve cancer pain Researchers at the University of Leicester and the University of Ferrara in Italy have collaborated to develop new drugs which have the potential to relieve cancer pain without causing many of the side effects of current pain-treatments like morphine. Figures show that 90% of cancer patients experience pain in the final year of their lives and this is a big problem. Currently, the...

2010-06-18 14:56:41

Y chromosome linked to fatal aneurysm Research currently being undertaken at the University of Leicester may identify reasons underlying an increased risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) in men. In her doctoral study, Cardiovascular Sciences student Lisa Bloomer is looking into the causes of the male predominance of AAA, with a particular emphasis on genetic basis of the disease. Preliminary results from the study will be showcased at the University of Leicester's Festival of Postgraduate...

2010-06-18 14:52:32

The growing abundance of electrical devices around the home and work increases need for safe systems Engineers at the University of Leicester are taking the unusual step of learning from architecture in order to design safer electrical systems. A doctoral project by Pakistani student Farah Lakhani is examining the development of software for embedded processors ("silicon chips") that are integral to products ranging from computer consoles to dishwashers and cars. Her project focuses on the...

2010-06-15 00:31:44

New study examines impact of cross-border initiatives While South Africa comes under the world's spotlight for the World Cup, it is being scrutinised by a University of Leicester researcher because of an innovative policy initiative. Rachel Tate, a PhD research student in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, is focussing on the Maputo Development Corridor, a cross-border spatial development initiative. This mega-project is held up as the...

2010-06-14 18:04:58

Using CT may assist in differentiating various disease sub-types and help deliver personalized health care, say scientists A new study led by University of Leicester researchers at Glenfield Hospital suggests that CT scans may be the way forward for monitoring progression of severe asthma as well as checking how it is responding to treatment. CT scans, a series of X-ray images of the body, are usually used to detect tumours "“ but the Leicester study, points to their use in asthma....

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2010-06-13 07:57:24

Study into telomere length may improve understanding of the development of disease A new study at the University of Leicester is examining a sequence of DNA- known as telomeres - that varies in length between individual. This follows evidence that these structures shrink in length over an individual's lifetime and that this may contribute to several diseases including those commonly associated with ageing and, perhaps most importantly, the development of cancer. Now the study is trying to...

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2010-06-13 07:44:25

New research analyzes the life and times of the UK's favorite poultry The turkey dinner is a staple part of Christmas Day, but new research at the University of Leicester reveals that the history of the much loved poultry is in fact rather varied and unexpected. Brooklynne Fothergill, from the University's School of Archaeology and Ancient History, has found that the turkey was not always used as a meat product. It was initially domesticated as a source of feathers, as well as being used for...

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2010-06-02 09:42:31

Development model of Mars rover at University of Leicester on Friday June 4 A development model of the Mars Rover, called Bridget, is on display at the University Friday, June 4, providing invited schoolchildren as well as staff and students with an exciting glimpse into the shape of things to come. The event coincides with celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of space research at the University of Leicester. Scientists from the University of Leicester are involved in five instruments on...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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